The Draftsman, the debut novel by Laurel Lindström, explores the impact of a story shared within the precincts of a house into the life of the new owner. Martin Cox is the right match for being the recipient of the story: gifted but afraid of his own gifts, intelligent and rich. By buying the property in Shadowhurst Hall he is becoming not only the owner of a piece of real estate, but of a story he is decided to explore and put his genius mind at work, trying to understand its message and search for the characters.
Personally, I´ve found the idea of the book fascinating, and the same goes for the main character. The writing is precise, intelligent and poetic with beautiful descriptions and evocative passages. Sometimes, the dialogues do not fit well into the story and are not easy to follow and maybe the elaboration of the story is not necessarily punctilious but overall, it has a captivating thread which does not let you say ´good bye´ until done.
The Draftsman ignites the kind of curiosity that is not necessarily the result of a certain pace or built-in emotional suspense, but due to the inherent stroke of personality of the characters. The strangeness - both of the story and of the characters - are wrapped in a beautiful wording and that´s in my case the recipe for keeping me interested in reading a book in one sitting.
A note of appreciation for the cover which is really special and illustrates in a very creative outstanding way the chore of the book. It´s not happening very often therefore it deserves the praise.
Rating: 4 stars
Disclaimer: Copy offered in exchange of the participation of the book tour but the opinions are, as usual, my own.